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Woodside Priory School

April 21, 2017

Woodside Priory School is nestled amongst pine trees and rolling hills in Portola Valley, California. Integral Group, in close collaboration with GaS architects, helped design a new STREAM (science, technology, religion, engineering, arts, and math) classroom building and residential faculty building on the campus that seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape. Our aim was to…

University of California, Santa Cruz Historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn Restoration

April 19, 2017

The historic Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, a timber-framed structure dating back to the 1860s, sits on the federally listed Cowell Lime Works Historic District, a 30-acre parcel of land at the University of California, Santa Cruz.The structure was dismantled and reconstructed over a new foundation, re-using as much of the original materials as possible. The…

Okanagan College Kelowna Trades Complex Renewal and Expansion

This $35-million project will provide much-needed revitalization and renewal for Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, creating additional capacity for students and apprentices in a building that will be a showcase for sustainability. The existing shops and classrooms will be fully renovated and retrofitted to modernize and better utilize the space. A two-storey addition will more than…

Kingston University Student Union and Multi Faith Centre

February 23, 2017

This project consisted of the conversion of a cellular office block into a new Student Union and Multi Faith Centre in line with the changing role of the Student Union. The clear brief included providing flexible spaces, open break out areas as well as closed meeting points. Given the specific demographic of this university, one…

Integrated Climate and Energy Strategy

October 18, 2016

UCSC is trying to achieve two climate goals: (1) reduce Scope 1 on-site emissions to 15% below California Cap & Trade thresholds by 12/31/20, and (2) achieve carbon neutrality of scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas emissions 2025. To achieve this, the campus is developing an integrated climate and energy strategy that evaluates building energy…

UC Merced Net Zero Energy Downtown Administration Center

September 14, 2016

This new facility will consolidate administrative staff members in downtown Merced, bringing and economic boost to the neighborhood and connecting the campus more closely with the community. The new center will include some collaborative space for more campus-community partnerships, as well as office space to consolidate teams of administrative staff that are currently split up…

CalTech Thomas Laboratory of Engineering

The Thomas Laboratory is located on the famous campus of the California Institute of Technology. Originally built in 1945, this historic building now exceeds standard practices for energy efficiency. The foremost goal of the project was to meet the rigorous needs of the building users while also targeting an annual energy use reduction of up…

De La Salle High School STREAM Innovation Center

September 12, 2016

The new De La Salle High School STREAM (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Center will allow for expanded teaching and learning opportunities at the school by providing integrated laboratories and classrooms designed to foster true student-teacher collaboration. The new building features state-of the-art laboratory spaces and improve the integration of technology. Integral Group provided…

UC Santa Cruz Biomedical Sciences Facility

The building includes four floors of laboratory, office, and administrative functions over a basement level vivarium. This project provides interdisciplinary wet laboratory space and core specialized facilities for scientists concentrating in health and medical disciplines including Molecular and Cellular Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Toxicology and Biomolecular Engineering. The building is located adjacent to the…

UC Davis California Avenue Net Zero Lecture Hall

Integral Group worked with UC Davis on the design for a new lecture hall which recently broke ground. The new building will house up to 600 seats and state of the art audio visual equipment. Through a highly collaborative design process, Integral Group is providing mechanical and electrical engineering and sustainable design services. The project…

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